UPDATE #1: Men Robbed at Gunpoint Following Bogus Sale for iPhones
Update #1, 09/06/2017: Shortly after releasing the images of one of the suspects to the media, the lead detective received a call from an investigator with the website OfferUp. The investigator with OfferUp linked the profile used in the transaction to a possible suspect.
Jaquell Djquell Middleton (Suspect #1) was identified as the suspect in the QuikTrip surveillance images. The lead detective obtained 4 warrants for Jaquell (age 20, Snellville): Aggravated Assault (2 counts) and Armed Robbery (2 counts). Shortly after arresting Jaquell, the detective was able to identify the female suspect (Suspect #3) as Dianne De Leon (age 18, Atlanta). Dianne was charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery. Dianne eventually turned herself in to Gwinnett County Police Department Headquarters.
After further review of the suspects, the lead detective identified Suspect #2 as Burt Williams (age 19, Doraville). He obtained 2 warrants for Armed Robbery and 1 warrant for Aggravated Assault. Burt is still at large; his whereabouts are unknown.
If anyone knows where Burt can be found, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637). Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 17-043794
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Original, 06/23/2017: (Tucker, Georgia) The Gwinnett County Police Department Robbery Unit is seeking tips in the identity of three suspects in a recent armed robbery. The incident occurred on Saturday, May 13 beside the QuikTrip located at 6182 South Norcross Tucker Road in unincorporated Tucker.
The victim/buyer told the responding officer that he arranged to purchase two iPhone 7s through the Offer Up app for $350 each (new iPhones cost between $649-$969). The seller/suspect and victim/buyer agreed to meet at the QT. The victim arrived at the location with a friend.
Upon seeing the seller/suspect, the victim told him that he wanted to do the exchange inside the QT for safety reasons. The two walked inside and spoke with one another near the bathrooms. The suspect told the victim that he didn’t believe he had cash on him to make the purchase, so he walked out of the store.
The seller/suspect walked over to another man and woman who were waiting outside beside the building. After the victim followed him and showed that he had cash and was prepared to make the purchase, the other male pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim. He demanded all his possessions or he would shoot him. The original seller/suspect also demanded his and his friend’s possessions.
After taking their wallets, cash, and credit cards, the suspects were seen fleeing through the walkway that connects to the Gwinnett Station Apartment Complex.
After the case was assigned to an investigator, he was able to obtain surveillance images of the original seller/suspect from inside the business. Images of the other man and woman were not captured.
- Suspect #1: (seller, images included) black male, appx 5 ft 6 inches, 145-150 lbs., white t-shirt, identified himself as “Lil J”
- Suspect #2: black male, appx 5 ft 10 inches to 6 ft, 170 lbs., low cut hair in a fade/Mohawk, blue shirt, black jeans
- Suspect #3: Hispanic female, appx 5 ft 5 inches, 160-170 lbs, light complexion, long dark hair, black shirt, blue jean shorts, pink purse
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637). Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 17-043794
- Be wary of someone trying to sell an item that is significantly lower than the original price. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Meet in a well-lit area to conduct these transactions. Feel free to use the GCPD Precincts, Headquarters, or Annex parking lots.
- Take someone with you; don’t go alone. And, tell a different person where you are going.
- Be skeptical of someone who tries changing the original meeting location.
- If the seller won’t show you the item he/she is selling, treat this as a red flag.